Sean Walsh (Kerry) nominated for Uachtarán Tofa CLG

Mr Sean Walsh was nominated for the position of Uachtarán Tofa Cumann Lúthchleas Gael at tonight’s meeting of the Kerry County Committee in Austin Stack Park, Tralee. Chairman of the County Committee, Mr Patrick O’Sullivan, in proposing the Moyvane man for the position, had the following to say:

“Tonight I am delighted to propose the nomination of Seán Walsh for the position of Uachtarán Tofa Cumann Lúthchleas Gael at next year’s GAA Annual Congress.

Seán Walsh has all of the experience as a player and administrator with his club, Moyvane, to keep his focus firmly on the GAA club, the most fundamental and important unit of the Association at the forefront, that is playing the games and providing players with the best possible facilities to play their games. As Kerry County Board Development Officer and later as County Chairman his experiences as a player and club administrator inspired his commitment to the games, the players and the clubs. As Munster Council Chairman he continued that commitment to the games, the players and the clubs through putting a strong emphasis on Club Development projects and on Coaching and Games Development projects in the province.

His administrative skills with his club for 12 years began while he was still playing with his club and following that he served for 10 years as Development Officer of Kerry County Board followed by 10 years as County Board Chairman. As County Board Chairman, among his greatest achievements was presiding over one of the most successful eras of the GAA in Kerry. He served as Vice Chairman of the Munster Council for 3 years followed by 3 years as Council Chairman and is currently an ex officio member of the Council. During that illustrious career of leadership in his club, county and province he is regarded as one of the finest and most astute administrators in the Association.

Now, the man who led his club, county and province with honour and distinction is ready to bring all of that experience and dedication to lead the GAA at national level. The essential attributes of a an effective leader are Honesty, Ability to Delegate, Communication, A Sense of Humour, Confidence, Commitment, A Positive Attitude, Creativity, Intuition and Ability to Inspire. Seán Walsh possesses all of these leadership attributes and qualities in abundance and tonight, I am proud to propose his nomination to lead the GAA as Uachtarán Tofa”.

TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final – Cork 1-10 Monaghan 1-9

Cork defeated Monaghan by 1-10 to 1-9 in the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final on Sunday September 29th at Croke Park.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC final

Cork 1-10 Monaghan 1-9

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

EAMONN Ryan’s Cork are TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football champions for the eighth time in nine seasons. The Rebelettes completed the three-in-a-row with a gripping one-point victory over Monaghan in Sunday afternoon’s decider at Croke Park.

In front of 25,103 spectators, Cork ensured that it was final heartbreak for Monaghan for the third time in six seasons. And like it was in 2008 and 2011, it was Cork once again who ensured that Monaghan’s long wait for their first senior title since 1997 continues. With three minutes remaining, Valerie Mulcahy kicked the winning score with a nerveless free.

Monaghan had a chance to salvage a draw but her Catriona McConnell’s free, which was the last kick of the game, sailed wide into the teeth of a strong breeze from some 40 metres out. In truth, Cork could have made life easier for themselves but the winners registered eight second half wides. Monaghan also suffered a blow with 12 minutes remaining when Eileen McKenna was sinbinned. The Ulster champions were left a player light as a result and Cork were coming on strong.

And yet the Farney county edged ahead with eight minutes remaining when McConnell landed a free, before inspirational midfielder Juliet Murphy, who performed a retirement U-turn earlier in the season, banged over an inspirational equaliser from long range. The scene was set for a grandstand finish and Mulcahy held her nerve to convert what turned out to be the winner, as McConnell and her teammates were left heartbroken at the death.

And so Cork were left to celebrate yet another All-Ireland title, to cement a remarkable period of dominance. The second half was an edgy, scrappy affair at times as both sides struggled for scores. Monaghan, who trailed by 0-6 to 1-6 at half-time, received a major boost when goalkeeper Linda Martin converted a 33rdminute penalty, following Briege Corkery’s foul on Cora Courtney. And Monaghan moved two points clear – 1-8 to 1-6 – when Laura McEnaney, daughter of selector Seamus, kicked a point.

That completed a spirited Monaghan revival, as they had trailed by five points – 0-3 to 1-5 – in the first half. Goal machine Valerie Mulcahy grabbed Cork’s goal in the 14th minute, taking a pass from Doireann O’Sullivan before finishing coolly from close range. But Monaghan had a chance themselves eight minutes before half-time, with McConnell denied by recalled Cork goalkeeper Elaine Harte’s fine stop. In the second half, Cork had the ball in the net but Orlagh Farmer’s handpassed goal was disallowed as it sailed straight into the net, seconds after Doireann O’Sullivan had sent a shot against the crossbar.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 1-4 (0-4f), J Murphy & N Cleary 0-2 each, G O’Flynn & Annie Walsh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: C McConnell 0-4f, L Martin 1-0 (pen), C Mohan 0-2, L McEnaney, T McNally & C McAnespie 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; A.M. Walsh, Angela Walsh, B Stack; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O’Flynn; D O’Reilly, J Murphy; N Cleary, Annie Walsh, D O’Sullivan; C O’Sullivan, V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla.

Subs: O Farmer for Ní Bhuachalla (h.t.), O Finn for Annie Walsh (49), R Ní Bhuachalla for Farmer (52), A Barrett for A.M. Walsh (60),

MONAGHAN: L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; L McEnaney, E McCarron, A McAnespie; A Casey, Y Connell; T McNally, C Mohan, C Courtney; C McConnell, E McKenna, C McAnespie.

Subs: E McElroy for A McAnespie (h.t.), N Kindlon for Mohan (56),

Referee: J Niland (Sligo)

Team News

CORK (SLF v Monaghan): E Harte; AM Walsh, B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, Angela Walsh; N Cleary, D O’Sullivan, Annie Walsh; V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla, C O’Sullivan.

MONAGHAN (SLF v Cork): L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; L McEnaney, E McCarron, A McAnespie; A Casey, Y Connell; T McNally, C Mohan, C Courtney; C McConnell, E McKenna, C McAnespie.

Match Preview

TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship final

Cork v Monaghan – Croke Park, Dublin – 4.00pm.

By Jackie Cahill

FOR the third time in six seasons, Cork and Monaghan clash in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship final. All-conquering Cork, the holders, are going for their eighth title in nine seasons while the Brendan Martin Cup has not visited Monaghan since 1997. Monaghan have lost all four finals they have contested since then but this is their best chance to end that run.

Under manager Gregory McGonigle, the Ulster champions have been knocking on the door in recent seasons and it really is now or never for them. Monaghan possess the pace and firepower to really trouble Cork, who are chasing a third successive All-Ireland, but they will find it difficult to penetrate a half-back line brilliantly anchored by Geraldine O’Flynn and Briege Corkery.

Monaghan had to work hard for their five-point victory over Galway in the semi-finals and while they looked comfortable throughout, Cork won’t have been unduly worried by the Farney County’s display.

The Rebelettes took care of business against Kerry, who had beaten them twice in the Munster championship, and look to have rediscovered something like their best form in their last two outings. But Monaghan will take heart from the fact that Kerry were good enough to expose Cork not once, but twice. And McGonigle’s girls simply cannot afford to lose another All-Ireland final, with Seamus ‘Banty’ McEnaney performing an influential role in the backroom team.

Betting: Cork 8-11 Draw 9-1 Monaghan 13-10

Verdict: Monaghan

Interview with Cork’s Elaine Harte

While Juliet Murphy’s retirement, and subsequent return to action, took most of the Cork ladies’ football headlines during the summer, it almost went unnoticed that another of the Rebels’ stalwarts was also considering an exit.

Goalkeeper Elaine Harte – a substitute teacher – took an extended break to Australia when the school holidays came around, intending for it to ease herself into retirement, but Murphy coming back made her rethink. “I’m at the age where I was thinking about retiring,” she says, “and I said I’d throw a holiday in there so I’d definitely retire but it hasn’t quite worked out like that. “I was being kept updated and when I came back Jules was there. She’s is inspirational, even just her drive and the way she drives everyone else on, it gives everyone a boost, even just watching her in training.”

Cork are aiming for a eighth All-Ireland in nine years against Monaghan in Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland senior final. Harte, who has played in the previous seven wins, has regained her place in goal from Martina O’Brien, but she is keen to keep the focus forward rather than backwards. “We’re not going to concentrate on the record,” she says. “Every match has its own merits, every All-Ireland is different, we’ll focus on this one. “Yesterday’s dinner won’t feed you today and any of our previous finals won’t help us on Sunday!”

Having lost twice to Kerry in the Munster championship, Cork looked beaten against Dublin in the All-Ireland quarter-final before a late surge gave them victory. The Kingdom were seen off in the last four after that and Harte cites the win over the Dubs as the year’s turning point. “It has stood to us,” she says, “we’ve built up our confidence from that game.

“It just showed the heart on the team, the girls were excellent, what won us that game was that we didn’t panic, we went for points. “The three points before the goal really won us the match and we didn’t go for goals. That’s experience, it was similar to the Dublin game two years ago and also the Mayo match in 2005, our first final. Again, we didn’t panic.”

That level of resolve is indicative of just how good a team Cork are. The obituaries had been written after the Kerry defeats, but Harte says that, like in 2010 after they were beaten by Tyrone in the All-Ireland quarter-final, it only drove them on. “When we met them a third time that was a factor, we didn’t want to lose to them a third time in the one year. “The will to come back in play in Croke Park was still very strong,especially this year as it’s the celebration of the association’s 40th year, it’s a special year.

“It’s the love of the game, we really enjoy training, we really enjoy the game and we’re really good friends. You’re doing it for each other. “When we lost people were saying, ‘That’s it, ye’re gone, ye’re done with’, and I think we kind of fed off that. We’re kind of stubborn!”

Monaghan Manager Interview

Monaghan ladies’ football manager Gregory McGonigle made an astute addition to his team during the summer.

Former county Gaelic football manager Séamus McEnaney joined as a selector for the Farney County, as McGonigle – who runs a nightclub in Monaghan town for McEnaney – displayed persistence to get him to come on board.

“I would have tried to get him on board earlier this year around January/February time,” McGonigle said, “but he said that he had wanted a full year off after the Meath job ended. On July 1 then I rang him and said, ‘As far as I’m aware your 12 months are up!’

“It was good timing, I only started working for him in February, he got to know my character and I got to know his and we got to think that it could work.

“Séamus is a selector, the same as Mickey [Morgan], and I’m manager but as far as I see it the three of us have an equal say.

“He has had a massive influence on the girls and on us as a management team too.”

In Sunday’s All-Ireland senior final, Monaghan come up against Cork, who beat them in the 2011 decider. McGonigle, then in his first year in charge, is to the point when asked what he would have done differently.

“Well we didn’t win, so that would be the first thing!” he laughed.

“Basically it’s up to each to see if she can make a positive contribution, can you make an extra run, can you make an extra pass, can you make an extra block?

“It can come down to a simple thing and you’re always looking for that extra percentage. As a management team, we’ve maybe tried to remove them from the hype, I think they’re a bit more grounded than in 2011.”

Though Cork beat Monaghan at the semi-final stage last year, it was after the Ulster side had beaten the Rebels to claim the league title. McGonigle doesn’t believe that Monaghan lack the mentality to overcome the reigning All-Ireland champions but knows how tough a challenge awaits.

“I think everybody might that psychological block!” he said.

“They’re a great team, you’ve got to them credit, they’re going for eight out of nine All-Ireland wins.

“Since the early days of ladies’ football, the speed and skill has improved an awful lot, to me that just shows how phenomenal Cork are.”

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Final – Cavan 1-14 Tipperary 1-12

Cavan defeated Tipperary by 1-14 to 1-12 in the TG4 All Ireland Championship Final on Sunday September 29th at Croke Park.

TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football championship final

Cavan 1-14 Tipperary 1-12

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

BRONAGH Sheridan’s late penalty sealed Cavan’s victory in Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football championship final at Croke Park. The Breffni County, beaten finalists two years ago, defeated 2008 champions Tipperary in an entertaining final at GAA HQ. In the process, Cavan won their first All-Ireland title since their one and only senior success back in 1977.

Sheridan slammed home a crucial penalty goal with five minutes left, after Tipperary goalkeeper Patricia Hickey was sin-binned after fouling player of the match Aisling Doonan. Tipp were forced into a reshuffle, with leading scorer Edel Hanley taken off and replaced by replacement goalkeeper Helen Kennedy. Cavan would finish the game with 14 players themselves, when Mona Sheridan received a late yellow card.

The sides were level four times before Cavan found the crucial scores to get over the line by just two points. The penalty was a dagger to Tipperary hearts and the pre-match underdogs can consider themselves unfortunate after squandering some good chances, particularly in the first half. Tipp got off to a flying start and led by 0-3 to 0-0, before Cavan responded to haul themselves level. But the big score of the first half was provided by Tipp forward Mairead Morrissey, who crashed home a superb solo goal in the 13th minute.

That goal opened up a 1-3 to 0-4 lead for Tipp and at half-time, the beaten Munster finalists led by just a point, 1-7 to 0-9. In their All-Ireland semi-final victory over Fermanagh, Tipp had scored 1-2 in the final minute to stun Fermanagh. But despite the best efforts of Hanley and Sheelagh Carew, there would be no late heroics here.

Gillian O’Brien enjoyed a productive first half for Tipp but Cavan were driven by the hurt of losing the final against Westmeath two years ago, after a replay. This time, they would not be denied as deadly forwards Sheridan and Doonan drove them to victory. Cavan had the aid of a stiff breeze in the opening half but Tipp made little of that and had carved out that narrow interval lead. But Cavan, who blew a five-point lead against Westmeath in 2011, were in no mood for more big-day misery and a landmark victory was secured with that priceless late penalty from Sheridan at the Hill 16 end. Tipp cut the gap back to just two points with scores from Morrissey and Carew but Cavan held on to claim the Mary Quinn memorial cup, and senior championship status for 2014.

Scorers for Cavan: B Sheridan 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), A Doonan 0-4 (3f), G Smith 0-3, R Crowe, C O’Reilly & M Sheridan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: E Hanley 0-5 (2f), M Morrissey 1-1, G O’Brien 0-3, S Carew 0-2 (1f), C Walsh 0-1.

CAVAN: C Fay; P Lynch, G McGlade, J Moore; S Greene, A Cornyn, R Jordan; R Crowe, D English; C O’Reilly, R O’Keeffe, M Sheridan; G Smith, B Sheridan, A Doonan.

Sub: C Smith for O’Reilly (40).

TIPPERARY: P Hickey; B Condon, S Lambert, R Kenneally; A O’Dwyer, C Carroll, B Ryan; J Grant, S Carew; L O’Shea, M Morrissey, C Walsh; N Lonergan, G O’Brien, E Hanley.

Subs: K Hackett for Walsh (40), A McCarthy for Hackett (53), H Kennedy for Hanley (55).

Referee: G Chapman (Sligo)

Team News
The Tipperary team shows 1 change in personnel from the side which defeated Fermanagh in the Semi-Final. Catriona Walsh comes in at left half-forward in place of Aisling McCarthy. 

The Tipperary team in full is as follows –

1. Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus)

2. Brid Condon (Aherlow)

3. Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan)

4. Rachel Kennelly (Aherlow)

5. Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite) Capt

6. Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers)

7. Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers)

8. Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus)

9. Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite)

10. Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone)

11. Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus)

12. Catriona Walsh (Moycarkey Borris)

13. Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers)

14. Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers)

15. Edel Hanley (Aherlow)

Sean O’Donovan (Moyle Rovers) – Team Manager 

John Kinahan (Ardfinnan) – Trainer

Mary O’Shea (Mullinahone) – Selector

Gerry Mc Gill – Selector

Elaine Powell (Moyle Rovers) – Physio

Kay Lyons (Moyle Rovers) – Admin

CAVAN (ILF v Tipperary): C Fay; P Lynch, G McCabe, J Moore; S Greene, A Cornyn, R Jordan; RCrowe, D English; C O’Reilly, R O’Keefe, M Sheridan; G Smith, B Sheridan, A Doonan.

Match Preview

TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football championship final

By Jackie Cahill

Cavan v Tipperary – Croke Park, Dublin – 2.00pm.

CAVAN, beaten finalists two years ago, and Tipperary, champions in 2008, go head-to-head for the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup. Tipp scored a quite sensational semi-final victory over Ulster champions Fermanagh, with a finish that has gone viral on social media.

The Premier County looked dead and buried before they hit 1-2 in the final minute to stun the Ulster champions in Thurles. But despite bowing out of the Ulster championship at the semi-final stage, Cavan will provide a stiffer test for Tipperary at Croke Park.

The Breffni County may have lost against Down in the last four of the provincial championship but when the sides met again in the All-Ireland semi-final, Cavan won by 13 points on home soil.

Bronagh Sheridan and Gráinne Smith were magnificent in attack, hitting 3-6 between them, and they have the firepower to inflict further damage on Tipperary. The beaten Munster finalists won’t lack for effort but Cavan have better scoring potential and that will see them home.

Betting: Cavan 2-5 Draw 10-1 Tipperary 9-4

Verdict: Cavan

 

When – Sunday September 29th at 2.00pm

Where – Croke Park, Dublin

Referee – Gus Chapman, Sligo


Team Manager – Sean O’Donovan (Moyle Rovers)

Team Trainer – John Kinahan (Ardfinnan)

Team Selector – Mary O’Shea (Mullinahone)

Team Selector – Gerry McGill

Team Physio – Elaine Powell

Team Administrator – Kay Lyons (Moyle Rovers)

 

Team Captain – Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite)
Assistant PRO – Michelle Donnelly (Moycarkey Borris), 087 2422774ladiesfootballtipperary@gmail.com

 

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship

23rd June       Waterford 2-17          v          Tipperary 2-12          Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

30th June       Tipperary 4-16          v          Limerick 2-10            Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary

13th July         Waterford 2-13         v          Tipperary 1-13          Castletownroche, Co. Cork

10th August   Tipperary 4-20         v          Limerick 1-10            Mungret, Limerick

17th August   Tipperary 3-11         v          Longford 3-10           Birr, Co. Offaly

7th September Tipperary 2-9           v          Fermanagh 2-8        Semple Stadium, Thurles

Championship scorers to date –  Edel Hanley 5-31, Lorraine O’Shea 4-11, Gillian O’Brien 2-14,Mairead Morrissey 2-3, Shellagh Carew 0-7, Niamh Lonergan 0-6, Laura Dillon 1-0, Kelly Hackett 1-0, Claire Carroll 1-0, Jennifer Grant 0-3, Patricia Hickey 0-2, Cathriona Walsh 0-2,Orlagh Walsh 0-1, Aisling McCarthy 0-1.

Tipperary Teams

 

23rd June Tipperary v Waterford
Tipperary Team: Jackie O’Gorman (Brian Borus), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Catriona Walsh (Moycarkey), Katie Lyne (Moyle Rovers), Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus)
Scorers: Edel Hanley 1-4, Lorraine O’Shea 1-2, Niamh Lonergan 0-3, Gillian O’Brien 0-1, Jennifer Grant 0-1, Shellagh Carew 0-1
Subs used: Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Orlagh Walsh (Boherlahan), Siobhan Condon (Aherlow), Sarah Everard (Moyle Rovers)
30th June Tipperary v Limerick

Tipperary Team: Helen Kennedy (Cappawhite), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Sinead Delahunty (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Katie Lyne (Moyle Rovers), Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Aoife Ryan (Cappawhite), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Kelly Hackett (Moycarkey Borris), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir)
Scorers: Edel Hanley 1-3, Lorraine O’Shea 1-3, Gillian O’Brien 0-5, Laura Dillon 1-0, Kelly Hackett 1-0, Shellagh Carew 0-2, Mairead Morrissey 0-1, Orlagh Walsh 0-1, Aisling McCarthy 0-1.
Subs used: Orlagh Walsh (Boherlahan), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Laura Dillon (Ardfinnan), Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus).
13th July Tipperary v Waterford

Tipperary Team: Helen Kennedy (Cappawhite), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Rachel Kenneally (Aherlow), Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite – Captain), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow), Kelly Hackett (Moycarkey), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir)
Scorers: Gillian O’Brien 1-3, Edel Hanley 0-3, Lorraine O’Shea 0-3, Patricia Hickey 0-2, Shellagh Carew 0-2
Subs Used: Patricia Hickey for Kelly Hackett, Orlagh Walsh for Aisling McCarthy, Katie Lyne for Rachel Kenneally

10th August Tipperary v Limerick
Tipperary Team: Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Rachel Kennelly (Aherlow), Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite) Captain, Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) , Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow), Cathriona Walsh (Moycarkey), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir).
Scorers: Edel Hanley 1-10, Lorraine O’Shea 2-2, Gillian O’Brien 1-4, Jennifer Grant 0-2, Cathriona Walsh 0-2
Subs used: Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus), Aoife Ryan (Cappawhite), Sinead Delahunty (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Laura Dillon (Ardfinnan), Dara Walsh (Commercials)17th August Tipperary v Longford

Tipperary Team: Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Rachel Kennelly (Aherlow), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow), Catriona Walsh (Moycarkey Borris), Laura Dillon (Ardfinnan)
Scorers: Edel Hanley 2-7 (1-6 frees), Mairead Morrissey 1-1, Lorraine O’Shea 0-1, Gillian O’Brien 0-1, Shellagh Carew 0-1.
Subs used: Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite), Kelly Hackett (Moycarkey Borris), Sinead Delahunty (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Aoife Ryan (Cappawhite)

7th September Tipperary v Fermanagh
Tipperary Team: Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Rachel Kennelly (Aherlow), Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite), Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers, 1-0), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite, 0-1), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus, 1-1), Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers, 0-3), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow, 0-4)
Scorers: Mairead Morrissey 1-1, Edel Hanley 0-4, Claire Carroll 1-0, Niamh Lonergan 0-3, Sheelagh Carew 0-1,
Subs: Shauna Ryan (Ballymacarbry) for Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Sinead Delahunty for Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite), Kelly Hackett (Moycarkey Borris) for Edel Hanley (Aherlow)

Player Profiles

Name – Shellagh Carew
Club – Cappawhite
County Championship Debut – 2003 Tipperary v Clare
Age – 27
Height – 5ft 8”
Occupation – Student
Honours – O’Connor Cup 2007, All-Ireland Intermediate 2008, 1 All-Ireland 7’s Intermediate title, 1 Munster Junior Club 2002, County Intermediate Club 2005, 2007, 2010, County Senior Club 2011 & 2012
Additional – County Junior B Camogie – 2006, County Junior A Camogie – 2012 (Eire Og Annacarty) Ashbourne Cup 2006

Name – Claire Carroll
Club – Galtee Rovers/St Pecauns
County Championship Debut – 2003 Tipperary v Clare
Age – 24
Height – 5ft 8”
Occupation – Student
Honours – All-Ireland Intermediate Champions several County Finals at different levels U14, U16, U18, Junior
Additional – 2 Soccer County Finals 

Name – Bríd Condon
Club – Aherlow
County Championship Debut – 2013 Tipperary v Cork
Age – 16
Height – 5ft 5”
Occupation – Student
Honours – U16 Munster County 2010, 2011, 2012 U16 County 2011, 2012. Junior/Senior County Champions 2010, 2011, 2012

Name – Siobhan Condon
Club – Aherlow
County Championship Debut – 2010 Tipperary v Clare
Age – 19
Height – 5ft 10”
Occupation – Student
Honours – Club All-Ireland Runner-up 2011, U16 2009.
Additional – Junior & Senior School Titles

Name – Sinéad Delahunty
Club – Foxrock-Cabinteely (Dublin)
County Championship Debut – 2008 Tipperary v Donegal
Age – 22
Height – 5ft 5”
Occupation – Physiotherapist
Honours – 1 All-Ireland Intermediate Champion 2008, 1 Munster Minor Champion 2007, 1 Club Junior C League 2007, 1 Dublin Senior Club Championship 2012
Additional – 1 Boston Senior Club Championship 2011

Name – Laura Dillon
Club – Ardfinnan
County Championship Debut – 2013 Tipperary v Mary Immaculate College
Age – 16
Height – 5ft 8”
Occupation – Student
Honours – Munster U16 Champions 2011 & 2012, 2 Munster Junior Post Primary Schools Medals, 2 All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Medals 2011 & 2012, County Junior A Champions 2012 with club and Minor County Champions 2012 with Ardfinnan

Name – Sarah Everard
Club – Moyle Rovers
County Championship Debut – 2013 Tipperary v Clare
Age – 17
Height – 5ft 4”
Occupation – Student
Honours – County: Munster Champions U14, U16 2010, 2011, 2012. All Ireland Runners Up 2010, 2011, 2012. Club: U12 County Champions 2009, U14B County Champions 2011, Minor B County Champions 2012, Junior County Champions 2012, Minor A County Champions 2010.
Additional – Munster School Senior Champions 2011, All Ireland School Senior Champions 2011, All Ireland Interprovincial Schools Team 2013

Name – Jennifer Grant
Club – Brian Borus
County Championship Debut – 2002 Tipperary v Longford
Age – 27
Height – 5ft 7”
Occupation – Garda
Honours – National League, Munster title, All-Ireland title. County Championships and league title. Munster Club, All-Ireland Club, 2 Intermediate All-Ireland 7’s.

Name – Kelly Hackett
Club – Moycarkey Borris
County Championship Debut – 2008 Tipperary v Waterford
Age – 20
Height – 5ft 9”
Occupation – Student
Honours – Junior and Intermediate Club titles. O’Connor Cup Final 2012.

Name – Edel Hanley
Club – Aherlow
County Championship Debut – 1997 Tipperary v Clare
Age – 29
Height – 5ft 5”
Occupation – Det. Garda
Honours – 1 All-Star 2008, 1 Intermediate All-Ireland 2008, 1 Munster Junior Club 2012, 1 All-Ireland Runner-up Junior Club 2012, 3 Inter provincial Cup medals with Munster, 3 Munster Junior Championships, 1 Laois Senior County Title 2006, 4 County Club Titles with Aherlow.

Name – Patricia Hickey
Club – Brian Borus
County Championship Debut – 2003 Tipperary v Clare
Age – 25
Height – 5ft 11”
Occupation – Teacher
Honours – National League, Munster title, All-Ireland title. County Championships and league title. Munster Club, All-Ireland Club, 2 Intermediate All-Ireland 7’s.

Name – Rachel Kenneally
Club – Aherlow
County Championship Debut – 2013 Tipperary v Waterford (Munster Final)
Age – 21
Height – 5ft 7”
Occupation – Primary School Teacher
Honours – Adult County C’ships – National League Finalists 2010 (Senior), Minor B Munster Champions 2009, 2010, Minor B All Ireland Runner-up 2010. Adult Club C’ships: 1 Munster Junior Club Champions 2011, 1 Club All-Ireland Runner-up 2011, 4 County Club with Aherlow.
Additional – 1 All Ireland Colleges Giles Cup Champions 2012

Name – Helen Kennedy
Club – Cappawhite
County Championship Debut – 2002 Tipperary v Longford
Age – 28
Height – 5ft 4”
Occupation – PE Teacher
Honours -1 Munster Junior Club, 8 County titles (Minor, Junior, Intermediate 2005, 2007 & Senior 2011, 2012), 2 Munster County, 2 National League titles
Additional – 1 All-Ireland Sevens Intermediate title

Name – Samantha Lambert
Club – Ardfinnan
County Championship Debut – 2008 Tipperary v Limerick
Age – 22
Height – 5ft 6”
Occupation – Teacher
Honours – O’Connor Cup Champions 2012, Junior County Champions 2012, All-Ireland Intermediate Champions 2008, Post Primary Schools All-Ireland 2006, National League

Name – Niamh Lonergan
Club – Moyle Rovers
County Championship Debut – 2006 Tipperary v Limerick
Age – 23
Height – 5ft 4”
Occupation – Sales Assistant
Honours – 8 County titles, 1 Munster Junior, 1 Munster Junior Club, 1 Lynch Shield, 3 Regional Schools

Name – Katie Lyne
Club – Moyle Rovers
County Championship Debut – 2002 Tipperary v Longford
Age – 30
Height – 5ft 5”
Occupation – Chemical Engineer
Honours – 2011 Intermediate County Champions, 2010 Junior A Munster Champions, 2010 Junior A County Champions, 2010 Junior A League Winners

Name – Aisling McCarthy
Club – Cahir
County Championship Debut – 2013 Tipperary v Waterford
Age – 16
Height – 5ft 8”
Occupation – Student
Honours – Club – 3 U12-4 County 1 Munster & 1 All-Ireland Community Games 2007, 2 U14-4 County Feile & 1 All-Ireland 2010, 4 U16-2 Minor, 2 Intermediate league, 1 Inter Championship, 1 Intermediate Munster.
County – 2 U14B Munster (2008/2010) (Captain 2010), 3 U16B Munster (2010, 2011 & 2012) (Captain 2012)
Additional – Post Primary Schools Senior Schools Munster 2012, Schools Munster Interprovincial 2013

Name – Mairead Morrissey
Club – Brian Borus
County Championship Debut – 1997 Tipperary v Clare
Age – 28
Height – 5ft 6”
Occupation – Teacher
Honours – National League, Munster title, All-Ireland title. County Championships and league title. Munster Club, All-Ireland Club, 2 Intermediate All-Ireland 7’s.

Name – Gillian O’Brien
Club – Moyle Rovers
County Championship Debut – 2006 Tipperary v Limerick
Age – 23
Height – 5ft 6”
Occupation – Student
Honours – Adult County Championship – 2 senior Interprovincial cup titles with Munster. 2 senior interprovincial shield titles with Munster. 2009 Team of the league at wing forward. 2008 All Ireland Intermediate title against Clare. 2 Munster Minor medals with Tipperary. Received player of the match for both years.
Adult club championship – numerous underage titles with Moyle Rovers. Junior and Intermediate titles. County and Munster Junior Champions 2010. Intermediate County Champions 2011. Moyle Rovers is now senior.
Additional – 2010 CIT footballer of the year and 2010 CIT All Ireland colleges’ title

Name – Anne O’Dwyer
Club – Cappawhite
County Championship Debut – 2003 Tipperary v Clare
Age – 25
Height – 5ft 4”
Occupation – Project Officer UL
Honours – O’Connor Cup 2007, All-Ireland Intermediate 2008, 1 All-Ireland 7’s Intermediate title, 1 Munster Junior Club 2002, County Intermediate Club 2005, 2007, 2010, County Senior Club 2011 & 2012
Additional – County Junior B Camogie – 2006, County Junior A Camogie – 2012 (Eire Og Annacarty) Ashbourne Cup 2006

Name – Jackie O’Gorman
Club – Brian Borus
County Championship Debut – 2013 Tipperary v Cork
Age – 17
Height – 5ft 10”
Occupation – Student
Honours – Munster U16 2011 & 2010 runner up All-Ireland. 5 County medals.

Name – Lorraine O’Shea
Club – Mullinahone
County Championship Debut – 2013 Tipperary v Waterford
Age – 18
Height – 5ft 8”
Occupation – Student
Honours – U14B Munster Champions 2007, County: U16B Munster Champions 2009, U16B All Ireland 2009. Club: Junior C League 2012, U16 County 2010, U12 County 2007. 

Name – Aoife Ryan
Club – Cappawhite
County Championship Debut – 2012 Tipperary v Longford
Age – 29
Height – 5ft 11”
Occupation – Programme Assistant
Honours – County Senior Football 2012, 2011
Additional – Munster Hockey League Winners 2011, 2010 Junior A Camogie Winners 2011 (Annacarty)

Name – Barbara Ryan
Club – Moyle Rovers
County Championship Debut – 2005 Tipperary v Cork
Age – 28
Height – 5ft 6”
Occupation – Teacher
Honours – County: 2008 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship, 2005 Div 3 National League Medal, 2009 National League Runners Up
Club: 2011 Intermediate County Champions, 2010 Junior A Munster Champions, 2010 Junior A County Champions, 2010 Junior A League Winners, 2007 Junior League Medal

Additional – 2007 National League Div 2 Winners (Mary I College) 

Name – Shauna Ryan
Club – Ballymacarbry
County Championship Debut – 2012 Tipperary v Longford
Age – 20
Height – 5ft 5”
Occupation – Student
Honours – 4 County Senior titles, Waterford. 2 Munster 7’s titles, 3 County 7’s titles, 1 All Ireland Schools title, 3 Munster titles with Tipperary U16 & Minor

Name – Hazel Shanahan
Club – Moyle Rovers
County Championship Debut –
Age – 16
Height – 5ft 5”
Occupation – Student
Honours – Munster U16 Champions 2011 & 2012, All Ireland Runners up Munster U14B Champions 2010. U12 County Championship 2009, U14B County Champions 2011, Minor B County Champions 2012, Minor A County Champions 2010.
Additional – Post Primary Senior All Ireland School Champions 2011. Munster Post Primary Munster Champions 2012 & 2011 (Captain).

Name – Cathriona Walsh
Club – Moycarkey Borris
County Championship Debut – 2008 Tipperary v Limerick
Age – 22
Height – 5ft 0”

Occupation – Accountant
Honours – 1 All-Ireland Intermediate Champion 2008, Inter provincial title with Munster 2011, Underage County Titles
Additional – Junior & Intermediate titles.Name – Dara Walsh
Club – Clonmel Commercials
County Championship Debut – 2013 Tipperary v Limerick
Age – 17
Height – 5ft 7”
Occupation – Student
Honours – Junior County League Title in 2011, 1 U14, 2 U16 and 1 Minor Munster Title with Tipperary. 4 Runner-Up All-Ireland medals with Tipperary. A Junior Munster Title with Loreto Clonmel, a Senior Munster and All-Ireland Title with Loreto Clonmel. An U12 South and County Title with Clonmel Commercials u12 boys. An U12, U14 and a Minor County Title with Commercials Ladies. Played on Primary Game Team. 

All-Ireland Championship Rolls of Honour

Senior Championship Brendan Martin Cup

1974 All – Ireland Winners
1975 All – Ireland Winners
1980 All – Ireland Winners

Intermediate Championship Mary Quinn Memorial Cup

2008 All – Ireland Winners

2013 National Team of the LeagueMairead Morrissey and Claire Carroll were announced earlier this year as part of the 2013 TESCO Homegrown Team of the League Division 3. The presentations were made at a gala event in Croke Park earlier this year.

LAST CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

TG4 ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL – TIPPERARY 2-9 FERMANAGH 2-8

 

Tipperary Team: Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Rachel Kennelly (Aherlow), Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite), Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers, 1-0), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite, 0-1), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus, 1-1), Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers, 0-3), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow, 0-4)
Scorers: Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers, 1-0), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite, 0-1), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus, 1-1), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers, 0-3), Edel Hanley (Aherlow, 0-4)
Subs used: Shauna Ryan (Ballymacarbry) for Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Sinead Delahunty for Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite), Kelly Hackett (Moycarkey Borris) for Edel Hanley (Aherlow)

Average age of Tipperary starting team versus Fermanagh was 23 (23.4) years

Average height of Tipperary starting team versus Fermanagh was 5ft 7in
Useful Information

Nine of the 2013 Tipperary Panel competed in the 2008 All Ireland Intermediate Final –

Patricia Hickey, Anne O’Dwyer, Claire Carroll, Mairead Morrissey, Shellagh Carew, Jennifer Grant, Gillian O’Brien, Edel Hanley and Catriona Walsh

Tipperary has played 6 matches, five of them in a different county – Waterford, Tipperary (2), Cork, Limerick and Offaly.

In all 6 games, Tipperary have scored at least 1 goal and conceded at least 1 goal

Six Tipperary players have scored 16 goals between them in the Championship led by Edel Hanley with 5
The two goals in the Semi Final were scored by the Tesco Homegrown National Team of the League Tipperary players – Claire Carroll and Mairead Morrissey
Seven of the Tipperary panel started all six Championship matches to date – Brid Condon, Samantha Lambert, Barbara Ryan, Lorraine O’Shea, Niamh Lonergan, Gillian O’Brien and Edel Hanley 

Mother and daughter – Tipperary has two girls on the panel whose mothers played in the 1980 Senior All Ireland Winning Team – Mary O’Shea (Mother) and Lorraine (Daughter); Liz Dillion (Mother) and Laura (Daughter)

Edel Hanley’s brothers, Thomas and Mark Hanley have represented Tipperary Football at all underage level with Thomas winning a Munster U21 Football medal in 2010.

Samantha Lambert’s Aunt Antoinette Lambert was on the 1980 All Ireland winning team; her cousin, Claire Lambert was on the 2008 All Ireland winning team; her cousin Peter Lambert played with the Senior inter-county team from 1991 until 2003
Mairead Morrissey’s Father, Paddy managed the 2008 All Ireland winning team to success. 

Barbara Ryan’s Grandfather is Johnny Ryan (Moycarkey Borris GAA), Senior Tipperary Hurler 1930’s – 1940’s. Ryan won an All-Ireland winners’ medal with Tipp in 1937, as well as three Munster titles in 1937, 1941 (as captain) and 1945.

Patricia Hickey’s, late father Paddy Hickey won a Munster Junior Hurling Championship medal with Tipperary in 1951.

Aoife Ryan is a cousin to the 2008 Tipperary Full Back Maeve Corcoran (Moycarkey-Borris). 

Jackie O’Gorman’s Uncle, John Quane played with Limerick Footballers from 1991 to 2005 and was one of the top players in the county for most of the 90’s and into the 00’s. 

Katie Lyne is part of the Kerry Lyne Football dynasty. 

Munster and Irish International Rugby Players, Marcus Horan & Dave Kilcoyne are cousins of Aisling McCarthy. Her great granduncle, Flor Coffey won two All-Ireland medals with Tipperary in 1945 and 1949.

Dan Rooney joins GAA for US launch of Croke Park Classic 2014

 

Former US Ambassador to Ireland and Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney, joined GAA Director General Paraic Duffy, on the pitch at Beaver Stadium Pennsylvania
to officially launch the Croke Park Classic in the US.

The winner’s trophy has been named in Mr. Rooney’s honour and will be contested by Penn State and University of Central Florida on August 30th 2014. Tickets on sale at crokeparkclassic.ie.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final Replay – Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16

Clare claim a game borrowed from the gods

By Diarmuid O’Flynn, Croke Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Click to view photos from the game – courtesy of George Hatchell

Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16

LET there be no doubt about the best team in hurling in 2013 after this magnificent All-Ireland final replay in sold-out Croke Park (82,276) on Saturday. Yes, Cork could have tied it up in the final minute, the ball just bouncing away from sub Cathal Naughton in a possible goal-scoring position, cleared by Seadna Morey and goaled at the other end by Darach Honan, but as in the drawn game three weeks ago, had Clare been denied it would have been an injustice.

Jimmy’s young Rebels are good, an awful lot better than many of us gave them credit for earlier this year; Davy’s even younger Banner-boys are better, late teenage sub Shane O’Donnell (19) the headline kid after this epic with his 3-3 from play. “We’ve had unreal games this year so far,” said Clare captain Patrick Donnellan, accepting the Liam MacCarthy Cup on behalf of his team, “Not least three weeks ago – today capped it off. We are a team that pride ourselves on being honest, a team that prides itself on its commitment, a team that prides itself on everything we have – it’s brilliant then to meet a team today with all those same qualities.” It was generous tribute by Patrick but no more than Cork deserved.

The drawn game was a heart-stopping see-saw event, Clare looking the better side for almost the entire game only to be overtaken in injury-time by goal-scoring Cork. It had been the first time in that match that the Rebels were ahead and they were within 30 seconds of being crowned champions. Then came a dramatic last-gasp point from corner-back Domhnall O’Donovan, a point that will certainly go down in Clare hurling history, a point that salvaged a draw, gave them another day out, and ultimately, this All-Ireland title.

This replay, and as pointed out by Donnellan, did indeed cap it off, in fact capped off a fantastic hurling season. Forty scores, eight goals, magnificent scoring from both sets of forwards yet, in apparent contradiction, heroes galore in defence also. Score for score the pattern followed almost directly the pattern of the drawn game, Clare hitting the front early, Cork playing catch-up; there was one glaring exception however. Three weeks ago Clare couldn’t buy a goal (it ended 0-25 to 3-16), on this occasion they just came raining down, live wire full-forward Shane O’Donnell with a first half hat-trick.

His first came in the 6th minute, Donnellan carving open the Cork defence with a superb solo from well inside his own half before drawing Shane O’Neill and parting to O’Donnell; that score put Clare 1-3 to 0-2 ahead. His second goal came just seven minutes later, this time Conor McGrath (hardest working player on the pitch) doing the set-up work, O’Neill again forced to leave O’Donnell unattended, in point-blank range – 2-5 to 0-4, Clare rampant. Cork keeper Anthony Nash stopped the rot for Cork, a bullet 20m free from the right side of the D past 13 defenders on the Clare goal-line, reducing Clare’s lead to a goal (2-6 to 1-6, 19m). Less than a minute later Shane was in again, snapping up a ball that broke oh-so-perfectly for him off a Cork defender’s stick, goal number three and Clare back in command – 3-6 to 1-6.

As they had done in the drawn game, however, Cork held their nerve, didn’t panic, and points from Seamus Harnedy (superb), Patrick Horgan and Pa Cronin had them back well in contention at the break, trailing by four (3-9 to 1-11). Surely, we were thinking, this can’t go on, these teams simply won’t be able to maintain this pace, this intensity? We were wrong. Clare got the first score of the new half, a sublime Tony Kelly point (does he score any other kind?) but it was Cork who began to build the momentum and by the 53rd minute, Horgan with four points, they had tied it up, 3-10 to 1-16.

Clare were struggling, needed a lifeline. As in the first half it was that youngster Shane O’Donnell doing the necessary; not a goal this time but his point, arguably, was as important as any of those first half goals. That score settled Clare again and two more points (John Conlon and Colin Ryan) had them a goal clear again by the 59th minute. Again the ground was rocked by a goal, again the teams were tied, Conor Lehane’s fierce first-time drive saved by Clare defender Domhnall O’Donovan but Harnedy on hand to shoot home the rebound.

This was Cork heart, Cork courage, the gauntlet thrown down again to Clare. Crucially, however, the Rebels just couldn’t get their noses in front. Again it was Clare with the next score and fittingly, it was that man Conor McGrath, and a goal worthy of winning any game. Capitalising on a cruel break from between two Cork defenders, he pounced on the loose ball, took off, had a glance, then placed a powerful shot to a spot even Anthony Nash couldn’t reach. Now a goal up, Clare added three points, seemed to be coasting home, but still Cork weren’t done. Another goal, another beauty, Pa Cronin with a huge catch and perfect pass, Stephen Moylan doing the finishing. There was time for one more Cork attack, Naughton had that half-chance, missed, Morey picked up the break, set up Honan at the other end – game over, season over.

But God, what a game, surely the game of the Gods.

Scorers for Clare: S O’Donnell (3-3); Colin Ryan (0-7, six frees, one 65); C McGrath (1-1); D Honan (1-0); T Kelly (0-3); J Conlon (0-2).

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-9, seven frees); S Harnedy (1-2); S Moylan (1-1); A Nash (1-0, free); C Lehane (0-2); P Cronin, L McLoughlin (0-1).

CLARE: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, D McInerney; B Bugler, Conor Ryan, P O’Connor; P Donnellan (c), C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly, Colin Ryan; P Collins, S O’Donnell, C McGrath. Subs: C McInerney for Galvin (52); N O’Connell for Collins (59); D Honan for O’Donnell (66); S Morey for Kelly (71). Blood sub: F Lynch for O’Donnell (50/51);

CORK: A Nash; C O’Sullivan, S O’Neill, B Murphy; C Joyce, S McDonnell, W Egan; D Kearney, L McLoughlin; S Harnedy, C McCarthy, P Cronin (c); L O’Farrell, P Horgan, C Lehane. Subs: S White for Egan (23); S Moylan for O’Farrell (35); T Kenny for Kearney (38); C Naughton for McCarthy (55); K Murphy for McDonnell (inj. 67).

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

 

Joyful Clare win it under the lights

Report from the GAA.ie web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final: Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16

Clare are the All-Ireland hurling champions after coming out on top in an incredible final against Cork on Saturday evening. Under the lights at a rapturous Croke Park, Davy Fitzgerald’s team kept finding a way against a Cork side that simply refused to give in. Yet Clare were relentless, and hit a remarkable tally of 5-16, with 19-year-old Shane O’Donnell contributing 3-3 of their tally.

O’Donnell was the only change from the last game, replacing Darach Honan in the Clare attack, and he made an amazing impression with three first-half goals in a display out of a fairytale. But in a fitting conclusion to a game which defies description, Honan came on in injury time and scored a superb individual goal to cap Clare’s victory, their fourth ever in the history of the All-Ireland hurling championship and their first since 1997. Clare lead 3-9 to 1-11 at the end of a brilliant first half, but only registered one point in the third quarter, as Cork found their way back into the game to draw level.

Clare regained the initiative and led by three entering the final 10 minutes, but Seamus Harnedy’s goal on the hour mark brought Cork back into it again, and set up a thrilling finale. But just two minutes later, Conor McGrath cracked in a wonderful goal to cap a superb individual display, and there was no way back for Cork thereafter. McGrath’s goal was followed by a great score from Tony Kelly, and Clare lead by six with time running out.

Cork’s courage, never in question, shone through right until the very end. Stephen Moylan’s goal gave them hope for the two minutes of injury-time, but as they piled bodies forward in search of an equalising goal, Clare broke away. The ball ended up with Honan on the left wing, and the rangy Clonlara man weaved his way in on top of the goal, and somehow managed to bundle the ball past Nash, the fifth time Clare had done that. That was the final act of what surely rank as one of the greatest hurling finals – and seasons – of all time.

Such was the exhilaration and drama of the drawn game on September 8, it felt unrealistic to expect a similar show on Saturday. But all expectations were met and more in a game of astonishing quality. The game began at a blistering pace, with the two sides firing over five points from play in the first five minutes, with Conor McGrath’s point edging Clare into a 0-3 to 0-2 lead. However, Clare took control of proceedings in the sixth minute when teenage sensation O’Donnell cracked in the first of his three first-half goals.

Clare centre-half-back Patrick Donnellan made a Ciarán Carey-esque run right through the centre of the pitch, eventually finding himself bearing down on the Cork goal. He laid off intelligently to O’Donnell, who fired in low to Anthony Nash’s right. That goal was followed by the first of five first-half frees from the nerveless Colin Ryan, and Clare lead 1-4 to 0-2. Four remained the gap when O’Donnell grabbed his second goal on 13 minutes. Conor McGrath did brilliantly in the build-up, showing great courage to make a run at goal before again laying off to O’Donnell, who was lurking with intent to the right of the goal.

Again, O’Donnell’s finish was clinical, and Clare lead by seven. However, just as they did in the drawn game, Cork found a way back through the blistering puck-power of Anthony Nash. Cork won a 21 yard free from an angle on the right after 17 minutes, and despite the incredible sight of 13 Clare players huddled on the line, the Kanturk man burned an astonishing shot straight into the top right hand corner of the net. Horgan and Ryan continued to trade frees for both sides, and Clare lead 2-6 to 1-6 entering the second quarter. However, Clare were quite dominant from general play, and there was little surprise when they pounced for a third goal on 20 minutes, with O’Donnell securing his place in history with a final hat-trick. McGrath was again involved in the build-up, winning a puck-out and feeding a ball into Podge Collins. Collins broke the ball into the path of O’Donnell, and the Éire Óg man showed great composure to find the net for a third time. Points from Tony Kelly and two Ryan frees followed, and Clare lead 3-9 to 1-7 with half an hour played.

But once again, Cork somehow defied the tide and found a way to stay in the game. Four points without reply before the break – from Séamus Harnedy, Pa Cronin and Patrick Horgan (2) – left them just four behind at half-time and right in the game. A brilliant Kelly point after the break put Clare five ahead again, but that was their only score of the third quarter, as Cork managed to pull back level. Patrick Horgan clipped over four frees alongside an effort from Stephen Moylan, and it was 3-10 to 1-16 after 53 minutes.

The final quarter was fast and furious, but Clare came out on top in the end. Points from O’Donnell, Conlon and a free from Ryan had Clare three ahead again on 60 minutes, but Séamus Harnedy was quickest to pounce after Pa Kelly saved Conor Lehane’s shot, firing low along the ground to the net to leave the sides level again, 3-13 to 2-16. But then, McGrath scored a goal worthy of any final. He showed brilliant skill to flick the ball up and emerge from a ruck, he raced in on goal and showed wonderful composure to sear the sliotar into the top left hand corner of the net. The Kelly point which followed it was a real killer blow to Cork, and more points from O’Donnell and Ryan left the gap at six with time almost up.

Moylan’s goal briefly threatened another Cork comeback, but Honan had the final say, doing great work to force his way in on goal before eventually bundling the ball into the net to send the Clare fans into delirium, as they knew victory was theirs by then. And so in the words of the late Séamus Heaney, Liam MacCarthy will “drive out west, Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore.”

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Scorers for Clare: S O’Donnell 3-3, C Ryan 0-7 (6f, 1 ’65), C McGrath 1-1, T Kelly 0-3, D Honan 1-0, J Conlon 0-2,

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-9 (7f), S Harnedy 1-2, S Moylan 1-1, A Nash 1-0 (1-0f), C Lehane 0-2, L McLoughlin 0-1, P Cronin 0-1

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, C Dillon; B Bugler, P Donnellan (c), P O’Connor; C Ryan, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly C Ryan; P Collins, S O’Donnell, C McGrath. Subs: F Lynch for S O’Donnell (Temporary, 50-51), C McInerney for C Galvin (52), N O’Connell for P Collins (59), D Honan for S O’Donnell (66), S Morey for T Kelly (71).

Cork: A Nash; S McDonnell, S O’Neill, C O’Sullivan; B Murphy, C Joyce, W Egan; L Mc Loughlin, D Kearney; S Harnedy, C McCarthy, P Cronin; L O’Farrell, P Horgan, C Lehane. Subs: S White for W Egan (23), S Moylan for L O’Farrell (HT), T Kenny for D Kearney (39), C Naughton for C McCarthy (55), K Murphy for S McDonnell (67).

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

Attendance: 82,276

Fixture Details

28.09.2013 (Sat)

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final – Replay

Páirc an Chrócaigh 17:00

An Clár v Corcaigh

Referee: James McGrath (An Iarmhí)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Cork team to play Clare: Anthony Nash, Stephen McDonnell, Shane O’Neill, Conor O’Sullivan, Brian Murphy, Christopher Joyce, William Egan, Cian McCarthy, Daniel Kearney, Seamus Harnedy, Pa Cronin, Conor Lehane, Luke O’Farrell, Patrick Horgan, Jamie Coughlan

Clare team to face Cork: Patrick Kelly; Domhnaill O’Donovan, David McInerney, Cian Dillon; Brendan Bugler, Pat Donnellan (c) Patrick O’Connor; Conor Ryan, Colm Galvin; John Conlon, Tony Kelly Colin Ryan; Padraig Collins, Darach Honan, Conor McGrath.

2013 Meetings to date

September 8th – All Ireland Senior Hurling Final – Cork 3-16 Clare 0-25
Match Report

June 23rd – Munster Senior Hurling Semi Final – Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15
Match Report

April 14th – Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Relegation Final – Clare 0-31 Cork 2-23
Match Report

March 16th – Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 1-22 Cork 1-16
Match Report

February 1st – Waterford Crystal Cup Semi Final – Clare 0-20 Cork 2-11
Match Report

SATURDAY SETTING FOR CLARE v CORK: THE ALL-IRELAND FINAL RE-MATCH

It’s back to Croke Park on Saturday evening for the replay of the GAA All-Ireland senior hurling final when Clare take on Cork in what will be the sixth game between the counties this year.

It’s their third championship clash, having previously met in the Munster semi-final, which Cork won by eight points, and in the All-Ireland final on September which ended level (Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16).

It’s the second successive year that the final has gone to a replay (Kilkenny beat Galway last year). Prior to that, there had been no replay since 1959 (Waterford beat Kilkenny).

The throw-in on Saturday will be at 5.0, with James McGrath (Westmeath) as referee.

Paths to the final replay

CLARE

Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15 (Munster quarter-final), Thurles

Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final), Gaelic Grounds

Clare 1-32 Laois 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers), Ennis.

Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers – after extra-time) Thurles

Clare 1-23 Galway 2-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final), Thurles

Clare1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final), Croke Park

Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland final, Croke Park)

Clare scorers

Colin Ryan……………………….0-63

Tony Kelly……………………….0-19

Padraic Collins………………..0-18

Conor McGrath………………..2-9

John Conlon……………………..1-10

Shane O’Donnell……………..3-2

Darach Honan…………………..0-10

Cathal McInerney………… 2-2

Colm Galvin…………………..0-6

Peter Duggan………………….0-4

Brendan Bugler………………0-3

Patrick O’Connor……………0-3

Fergal Lynch…………………..0-2

Patrick Donnellan……………0-2

Liam Markham………………0-1

David McInerney………….0-1

Cian Dillon………………….0-1

Seadna Morey……………..0-1

Aaron Cunningham………0-1

Nicky O’Connell…………0-1

Conor Ryan……………….0-1

Domhnall O’Donovan..0-1

CORK

Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final), Gaelic Grounds

Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15 (Munster final), Gaelic Grounds

Cork 0-19 Kilkenny 0-14 (All-Ireland quarter-final), Thurles

Cork 1-24 Dublin 1-19 (All-Ireland semi-final), Croke Park

Cork 3-16 Clare 0-25 (All-Ireland final, Croke Park)

Cork scorers: Cork scorers

Patrick Horgan……….1-40

Seamus Harnedy………0-11

Jamie Coughlan………..0-6

Pa Cronin………………..0-7

Conor Lehane………….1-8

Luke O’Farrell…………0-6

Anthony Nash………….1-5

Daniel Kearney…………0-5

Stephen Moylan………0-2

Cathal Naughton……..0-1

Cian McCarthy…………0-1

William Egan…………..0-1

Lorcan McLoughlin…0-3

Brian Murphy…………0-1

Last Five Championship Clashes

2013: Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland final)

2013: Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final)

2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2007: Cork 1-18 Clare 1-11 (Munster quarter-final)

2006: Cork 0-20 Clare 0-14 (Munster semi-final)

Last Five All-Ireland finals

CORK

2013: Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16

2006: Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13

2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16

2004: Cork 0-17 Kilkenny 0-9

2003: Kilkenny 1-14 Cork 1-11

CLARE

2013: Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16

2002: Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 0-19

1997: Clare 0-20 Tipperary 2-13

1995: Clare 1-13 Offaly 2-8

1932: Kilkenny 3-3 Clare 2-3

ALL-IRELAND HONOURS TABLE

Will Cork cut Kilkenny’s lead to three or will Clare join Galway and Offaly the four mark? Cork are currently four behind Kilkenny and four ahead of Tipperary. Clare will move up to joint 7th with Galway and Offaly if they win.

34: Kilkenny (1904-1905-1907-1909-1911-1912-1913-1922-1932-1933-1935-1939-1947-1957-1963-1967-1969-1972-1974-1975-1979-1982-1983-1992-1993-2000-2002-2003-2006-2007-2008-2009-2011-2012).

30: CORK (1890-1892-1893-1894-1902-1903-1919-1926-1928-1929-1931-1941-1942-1943-1944-1946-1952-1953-1954-1966-1970-1976-1977-1978-1984-1986-1990-1999-2004-2005).

26: Tipperary (1887-1895-1896-1898-1899-1900-1906-1908-1916-1925-1930-1937-1945-1949-1950-1951-1958-1961-962-1964-1965-1971-1989-1991-2001-2010)

7: Limerick (1897-1918-21-34-36-40-73).

6: Dublin (1889-1917-1920-1924-1927-1938).

6: Wexford (1910-1955-1956-1960-1968-1996)

4: Galway (1923-1980-1987-1988)

4: Offaly (1981-1985-1994-1998)

3: CLARE (1914-1995-1997)

2: Waterford (1948-1959)

1: Kerry (1891)

1: Laois (1915)

1: London (1901)

PREVIOUS ALL-IRELAND SH FINAL REPLAYS

2012: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11

1959: Waterford 3-12 Kilkenny 1-10

1934: Limerick 5-2 Dublin 2-6

1931: Cork 5-8 Kilkenny 3-4

1908: Tipperary 3-15 Dublin 1-5

1905*Kilkenny 7-7 Cork 2-9

*Cork won the first game but a re-match was ordered due to an objection.

2013 Championship Top Scorers

Colin Ryan (Clare)……………………….0-63 (63pts)

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)………………..0-50 (50pts)

Jack Guiney (Wexford)…………….. 2-40 (46pts)

Patrick Horgan (Cork)……….. ……..1-40 (43pts)

Paul Ryan (Dublin)……………………..3-32 (41 pts)

Maurice Shanahan (Waterford)….1-29 (32pts)

Joe Canning (Galway)………………1-25 (28pts)

Derek McNicholas (Westmeath)…..0-21 (21pts)

Joey Boland (Dublin)…………………0-21 (21pts)

Neil McManus (Antrim)…………….2-15 (21pts)

Lá Gaeilge sa Rinn

Daoine a d’fhreastail ar an ”Lá Gaeilge”, eagraithe ag Coiste Cultúrtha, Comhairle na Mumhan, i gColáiste na Rinne le déanaí. Ina measc bhí Roibeard an tSeaca, Cathaoirleach, Comhairle na Mumhan; Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, iar-Chathaoirleach, Comhairle Uladh; Micheál Ó Máirtín, Cathaoirleach, Coiste Náisiúnta na Gaeilge; Aoi-chainteoirí Dónal Ó Gráda, Irial Mac Murchú, Eoin Breathnach agus Bainisteoir an Choláiste, Liam Suipéil.

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Press Release – 2014 Senior Football Championship Format

A full meeting of the Munster Council took place this evening at Munster’s GAA Headquarters in Limerick following a request from Clare to call an emergency meeting to discuss the recent decision on the format for the 2014 Munster Senior Football Championship.

The Chairman Robert Frost ruled that the Munster Council has no jurisdiction to revisit the original decision taken on September 12th as this would be in breach of rule 3.31 (e) which states that alterations may be considered only on an annual basis. The Chairman referred to the alteration made at the September 12th meeting to change the format of the Championship from the 2013 structure.

The format of all Munster Championships was discussed at a meeting of the Munster Council on July 25th with notice given that this would be decided upon at the next meeting scheduled for September 12th. Notice of this September 12th meeting was subsequently sent to all delegates on August 8th. On September 12th, a meeting of the Munster Controls Competition Committee (CCC) decided on a vote of 6 to 3 to recommend to the full Munster Council later that evening a format which would see Cork and Kerry seeded for the 2014 Munster Senior Football Championship. The subsequent meeting of the Council held that evening unanimously accepted this recommendation for the 2014 Munster Senior Football Championship.

The draws for the Munster Senior Hurling and Football Championships will take place on Thursday October 3rd.

Cork Need To Step Up – JBM

Jimmy Barry Murphy believes his side were below their best in their drawn encounter with Clare but was encouraged by his side’s tenacity to fight back and force a replay.

Davy Seeks Clare Improvement

Despite a fine display in the drawn All-Ireland Final, Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald thinks his side will need an even better performance if they are to overcome Cork and win the Liam MacCarthy.

Clare Deserved Replay – Kearney 

As Cork prepare for their All-Ireland Final Replay with Clare, young star Daniel Kearney admits the Rebels were outplayed in the original encounter but believes that an improved performance from the Leesiders can claim the Liam MacCarthy.

Click here for details about Kerry v Cork Munster SFC Final on July 2nd